09:00AM, Saturday 14 May 2022
After a three-year hiatus because of the COVID pandemic, the Maidenhead Rowing Club Junior Regatta will be returning to the Thames this Sunday.
The event will take place over a 500m upstream course on the Thames and is free for spectators who will be able to watch from the grass bank downstream of the river bridge on the Taplow side. It's just a short walk from the rowing club, however, no parking is available in River Road.
With the weather forecast currently looking favourable, chairs and shelter will also be provided.
The ethos of the regatta is to provide a positive, competitive experience for all the young rowers who take part. This year 11 local clubs and school will compete, with 359 juniors in 73 crews set to challenge one another across 15 events.
Racing starts at 8:30am and there will be a race every four minutes until 4:38pm with an hour's break for lunch.
There will be coxed quad races for juniors aged from 12-15 and there will be a beginners A/B class for those with little previous racing experience.
“Every year sees exciting racing which often results in dead heats and necessitating re-rows,” said Liam O'Mahony, chair of the Junior Regatta.
“Parents with younger children are encouraged to come along to see what rowing at Maidenhead RC could offer their children when they are old enough, with juniors normally starting from age 11 or 12.
“Adults who might wish to attend one of the club's learn-to-row courses over the summer are also welcome to come along to see the club.”
Alongside the racing a huge range of food and refreshments will be available and there will also be a bar to keep the adults suitably refreshed.
After the races the prizes will be awarded in the Maidenhead Rowing Club clubhouse by Great British world champion and u23s medallist Emily Craig, Emily was a member of the Great Britain Rowing squad for the Tokyo Olympics and is a former Henley Royal Regatta winner.
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.